Recently I did a video blog taking an honest look at masculinity. I asked what masculinity means today and what helps or hinders the masculine journey. So many responses gave similar answers and were based around the same theme – that masculinity tends to be based around our job, which many people feel is wrong and yet they comply with the status quo.
I have many jobs and some are hard to explain – inner healing life coach, mentor, teacher, stay-at-home dad, men’s discipleship co-ordinator. But not needing to boast in them, or be defined by them is a powerful place to find myself in.
The apostle Paul puts it like this: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Gal 6:14)
I’ve found total freedom in classing myself as a nobody. A nobody….but not a nothing. There is a big difference. What I do is insignificant, who I am is not. Why? Because who I am is defined by who Christ says I am, not by how I introduce myself based on my job title.
The beauty of insignificance takes on a whole new level when you realise that we become someone through Him- that when our need to be defined by what we do takes a back seat, Jesus in us takes a front seat.
‘When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.’ (Acts 4:13)
“Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a nobody” and for me that’s enough.